This summer, Celtic are also interested in signing Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy.

According to TEAMtalk, the Hoops were close to completing a contract for the Irishman in January.

McCarthy’s contract at Selhurst Park expires in a few months, so he could sign a pre-contract deal with the Hoops ahead of a possible free transfer.

Newcastle United are still interested in signing the 30-year-old central midfielder ahead of the 2021/22 season, according to the statement, but the Hoops will wait until they have finalised their preparations for a new manager before making a decision.

Celtic don’t seem to be about to give up hope of signing January pledge McCarthy. Newcastle, on the other hand are also eager to land the Irishman so Celtic must act fast in their search for a new manager before things can move along.

McCarthy may be Dominic McKay’s first signing as Celtic CEO if a deal comes through before the summer window opens, as he will sign a pre-contract before the window actually opens.

However, we have heard this rumour a few times before over the years and we all must simply see how it will unfold.

With Celtic looking at a massive rebuild in the summer, McCarthy could still be a hit for the Hoops and also help them with their Euro quest.